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Greg Kerkvliet

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Posted on 11/21/14 at 11:56 am in response to Is the Wolves' playing style out of step with the modern NBA?

I'm actually more concerned about how poorly they're shooting close to the hoop; they're in the bottom half of the league in shooting % at every distance except 10-16 feet (the acceptable 2-point jumper, I'd argue) and 3 pt %. The psychological effect of running laps on 3 point attempts seems counterproductive, and when guys are taking deep 2s instead of shots from the elbow extended, it weakens the philosophy of getting a good look. And I don't know that this group of guys needs that lesson...

Anyone who has played sports, no matter what level, probably doesn't have an unlimited threshold for losing, no matter how it affects lottery position. It's good to see that the increased focus and effort paid off for them.

I worry that people will interpret Muhammad's success in what seems the wrong way. Most tweets I see about him jab Adelman for not playing him last season (and often Dieng). He's ready now, but he wasn't then; playing him instead of getting Mbah a Moute or Budinger...

Posted on 11/17/14 at 03:54 pm in response to The Wolves weren't just bad against New Orleans. They were disgraceful.

I skipped watching the 2nd half in New Orleans after seeing what the score was. Obviously, there's an element of strategy gone wrong in that case, since only Ryan Anderson is a dangerous 3 point threat for New Orleans, but they still didn't adjust when it seemed like the Pelicans' night. Against Dallas, their strategy and in-game adjustments were both bad. Chandler was killing them on the offensive glass by tapping it back to the guards, yet the Wolves never adjusted. It was also...

Posted on 11/18/14 at 09:08 am in response to The Wolves weren't just bad against New Orleans. They were disgraceful.

Williams, Martin, and Pekovic all have at least 4 seasons of experience and combined to play over 1,500 NBA games.

Flip has a history of rolling with journeymen at the backup PG due to the injuries that position sustained from '02-'04, but those teams had elite scoring threats and secondary facilitators at other positions. This team isn't as fortunate, which especially affects Martin and eliminates pick and rolls as a primary offensive option for anything other than pull-up jumpers by LaVine and Williams.

In some of the things I've read about this besides this column, there's a prevailing...

As long as it helps instead of hurts him, I'm okay with it. When teaching millennials, undeserved entitlement is never far from my mind, and this situation raised a potential red flag.

Ultimately, all the Rubio injury does is make games less competitive (to me, less watchable, maybe not for others) and eliminate any farfetched thought they could make the playoffs. Playing the Western juggernauts 3-4 times was probably going to make their record lower than their play indicated and prop...

Posted on 11/10/14 at 12:44 pm in response to Paul Molitor can't save the Twins

Why write about who the Twins didn't have the opportunity to take in the 2010 draft? I agree with the rest, but dwelling on Harvey and Sale just shows who the Twins could've had if their team had been worse.

Posted on 11/06/14 at 01:00 pm in response to Wolves win at Brooklyn: one to glow on

They have to get Bennett rolling more to the hoop instead of spotting up because he's such a good finisher. With that said, Pek and Dieng are so anchored to the post that it makes sense why he's not on the other block. Having 2 guys down low would cause more spacing problems and make Pek's and Dieng's shots down there more easy to contest. I wouldn't have a problem with them giving Dieng and Pek the freedom to shoot out to 15 feet (they can both make it and Dieng has an outside chance of...

Posted on 10/31/14 at 12:56 pm in response to T-Wolves two-game takeaway: they will not be awful

In some ways, that's good; if his team is that competitive at Memphis, who has been their worst matchup since Randolph and Gasol became a force, then more of the same could happen against other good teams. In other ways? Well...that offense has looked a lot like it did the first time around, only with Pek taking KG's postups and Rubio being king of the pull-up mid-range J. It's going to be annoying if they can't get the pick-and-roll going with those 2; it's by far their best offensive...

Posted on 10/29/14 at 10:54 am in response to Reality Bites: the Minnesota Timberwolves 2014-15 season preview

LeBron was a free agent and the Wolves had no cap space, while the Cavs had enough assets to send for Love.